Though the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office has made no public statements yet about the case, deputies — assisted by at least one helicopter — were searching early Saturday for one or more suspects involved in what was said to be an arson and assault incident on Grand View Road in the Peyton Farms neighborhood between Tiger Valley and Rock Mills. Several neighbors said a home belonging to weekenders near the cul-de-sac end of Grand View had burned to the ground.
By 10 a.m., an unverified Sheriff’s Office report said four suspects were in custody. According to an emergency announcement broadcast by telephone by the Sheriff’s Office just before 9 a.m., authorities were searching for “a suspect” who was on foot. At 11 a.m., deputies still were still blocking the far end of Grand View Road, where the arson apparently took place. The helicopter sat alone in a field near the Haskell farm on Tiger Valley Road.
Neighbors along Grand View and Hunters Road heard what sounded like a house alarm go off for a short time between 6 and 7 a.m. Saturday, followed by the sirens of at least three fire and rescue squads, and the smell of smoke lingered until after 9 a.m.